Category Archive: United States

Photo Focus – Yosemite by Night

While I have yet to complete my final Colombia posts, I couldn’t wait to share these long exposure shots from Yosemite National Park. We braved the crowds for Labor Day weekend and on our final night I played around with Terra’s Nikon D650, keeping the shutter open for as long as 30 seconds at a time. What …

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Is work-related travel real travel?

Over the past eight years, I have traveled extensively for work—to the staples like NYC and Chicago—along with places well off the beaten path. There was a six-stop Pokémon video game tour where I was “iced” using the back of a toilet in Hawaii, an overnight outdoor load-in in Tigard, OR where the lights turned …

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Water you doing to me? How to SUP with a dog in Lake Tahoe

I had previously observed the scene—a woman gracefully skimming across the water atop a stand up paddleboard, her trusty canine companion calmly sitting at the bow. I wanted to be that duo; to enjoy a peaceful moment in nature together, to truly connect over a nautical activity. So when we headed to Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian …

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Photo Focus – Sunset Bubbles

Three weeks ago I hopped on two planes en route to Northern Washington to visit my dear friend. While my trips to see her are relatively consistent, this one was different; her mother had halted her cancer treatments and things were changing. Nearly four years had passed since Tricia was diagnosed with stage four brain …

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Low Tide and a Toddler in Birch Bay, WA

During a recent visit to see my dear friend and college roommate, I had the opportunity to explore one of the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secrets—Birch Bay, Washington. Five minutes after walking out her front door, the four of us (my friend, her two children, and myself) crossed over a rocky path and onto the …

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Photo Focus – The Oregon Coast

Those of us born in the 1980s are intimately familiar with the Oregon Trail computer game. A lucky few have completed the pilgrimage from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with all of their family members, oxen, and provisions in tow, while the majority were lucky to make it to Idaho with a loaf of …

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